A Finks outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) associate has been charged after Strike Force Raptor North seized a pistol, firearms parts and ammunition near Newcastle in 2017.
Police from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor North conducted a Firearms Prohibition Order (FPO) and Weapons Prohibition Order (WPO) search at a home on Maryland Street, Maryland, about 7am on Wednesday 17 May 2017.
During the search officers seized a pistol, two sling shots, ammunition, and firearm parts including a trigger mechanism, suppressor, rifle bolt and shortened barrel.
Each of the items were forensically examined by specialist police.
Following extensive inquiries, officers from Strike Force Raptor North arrested a 21-year-old man outside Maitland Local Court yesterday (Tuesday 10 September 2019).
The man, who is a Finks OMCG associate, was taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with possess unauthorised firearm, possess unauthorised prohibited firearm, and two counts of possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.
He was refused bail and to appear at Maitland Local Court today (Wednesday 11 September 2019).
Strike Force Raptor North conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity impacting Northern NSW.
Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist Strike Force Raptor can report it directly to investigators via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49
Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.